Sigh of relief. Spring is here! Well looking out at the cold today, you wouldn’t think so, would you? Dressing at this transitional time of year is difficult, given that lighter fabrics and colours are hitting the shop floors, the Winter sale stock is depleting but we might as well be in Siberia with the wind that is biting off our noses. Nevertheless, I live in hope that the sun might shine for a day or two and I will get a chance to wear that white summer dress I’ve had for two years. So what can we expect from the new season? A whole pile of girlie goodness.
Pastel shades aim to make you look like part of a Monet painting. Candy cane pink, peppermint green, baby blue and the sweetest shades of lemon. These colours are very 1950s inspired and if you have been glued to the new series on BBC Call the Midwife you’ll know what I mean. One thing to avoid with these colours is looking like a lollipop. Try to blend the colours in with your existing wardrobe. My tip is to wear lemon with dark blue skinny jean; match up a cream or white t-shirt with mint green cropped trousers or a mid length skirt; and perhaps try a light pink jacket over your classic black pants for a breezy summer work look.
I cannot get enough of this trend. I’m just hooked. In a recent newspaper column I wrote I talked about how I was obsessed with the House of Elliot when I was younger. The programme is my inspiration this season. The easiest look to emanate is the dropped waist dress. The longer length of this style is so flattering; it will give shape but not cling, plus it really does elongate the body (I just love the word elongate!).
Floral prints are fun; now we don’t want to look like a walking bouquet here but we do want to introduce some detail. Prada did cars this season, Erdem stuck to his local florists for inspiration and Miu Miu…well they just love a little playtime with print every season. If I could afford it, I would buy myself a Mary Katrantzou dress. Her prints take eye catching to a whole new level so much so, I had to put on my glasses to examine her pieces for this season – I didn’t want to miss any detail. It’s like a story being told on a dress. Gosh I’d love to pick her brains on design.
Oh now we’re talking; monochrome the never-dying trend. I compare monochrome to Come Dine with me. When you want it, it’s never on. And when you do not feel like looking at another omnibus of dining room antics, it’s on about ten channels. Nearly every designer is driving this look down the catwalk on some form of Dukati. It keeps coming, and coming fast. Monochrome has a real sixties vibe to it. I quite like the horizontal stripe look and if you are tall you can definitely pull this one off. It gives great proportion to your torso but won’t take away from your height. Just beware that you don’t look like a zebra. Just speaking from experience!
So Spring/Summer will be fun, in terms of fashion, as well as being the season of weddings (not me, I’m tying the knot in winter), BBQs, tennis tournaments and glasses of Pimms in the garden. All I am missing then is dress to make me look like Daisy Buchannon. Now if anyone would like to give me Gucci’s flapper dress, I am a very willing recipient.
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